5 March 2015 Last updated at 08:40 ET

Firefighters spend 10 hours at blazeCarnsalloch fire

Firefighters reveal details of their efforts to tackle a blaze in an annexe at a derelict mansion in Dumfries.

Scottish EnsembleArts festival line-up unveiled

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli are among the headliners at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

Theatre RoyalFinal fundraising push for theatre

Campaigners launch final push for funds to furnish the Dumfries Theatre Royal following its £1.9m renovation.

South of Scotland Live

    16:13: Energy cash bids sought

    A group of young people has launched the funding arm of a project which will see local organisations benefit from the revenue generated by a community energy park.

    Turbine group

    Fifth and sixth year pupils from Sanquhar Academy unveiled the Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park Funding Project to people living in surrounding communities at a launch event at the school - and are actively encouraging local groups to make applications for funding.

    The first of its kind in Scotland, the scheme provides financial assistance for public benefit to groups and organisations across Upper Nithsdale using the revenue produced by two wind turbines on a site adjacent to the Glenmuckloch opencast mine, near Kirkconnel.

    The pupil group could distribute £2.5m over the next 25 years.

    16:02: Train delays BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Delays reported on Virgin Trains East Coast service between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh Waverley because of a signalling problem.

    @bbcf1 15:57: F1 expert input

    BBC Formula One tweets: .@suziperry previews the new season with @therealdcf1, @benedwardstv & @allanmcnish. On @BBCRedButton Tues at 10pm.

    F1 panel
    15:49: Wind farm welcome Berwickshire News

    A fifteen-year contract for a planned offshore wind farm that has been serviced from Eyemouth's port has been welcomed by the local community.

    Renewable energy developer Mainstream secured the contract with the National Grid for the 448 megawatt Neart na Gaoithe wind farm.

    15:36: Wilson wins again

    Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick has been back in the winner's enclosure again this afternoon at Carlisle.

    Wilson Renwick

    He rode Whiskey Chaser to victory in the 2.35pm race at a price of 9/1.

    15:21: Tourism treat

    Firms who organise events for companies in the UK and abroad are visiting the region for two days to experience what Dumfries and Galloway can offer.

    Loch Ken

    Conference Dumfries, which showcases the region's venues to businesses, is organising the event with VisitScotland.

    15:05: ITV Border works

    The split Scotland-England coverage of ITV Border already available on Freeview looks set to be expanded to satellite services.

    Work is now under way to extend ITV Border Scotland availability to Sky customers.

    It is hoped the technical changes can be finalised by the middle of March.

    14:50: Artists selected

    Spring Fling has revealed the names of the leading artists and makers taking part in a new exhibition at Newcastle's Biscuit Factory Gallery.

    June by Phil McMenemy

    The five topped a poll carried out among the 18,000 visitors who saw work by 95 artists at last year's Spring Fling - Dumfries and Galloway's art and craft open studios event.

    They are Heather Blanchard, Suzi Plunkett, Phil McMenemy, Peter Wareing and Rob Jarvis.

    Tweet us @BBCSouthScot 14:36: Best south of Scotland book

    @DrewDrewcrooks tweets: John Buchan's The 39 steps, the best 'man on the run' novel which inspired Hitchcock and the whole genre

    @gillian_pape tweets: The Origin of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith - it's terrible, but in a good way.

    @shelaghatkinson tweets: best Borders books - author Dorothy Dunnett from the Lymond series.

    14:23: Textiles 'thriving'

    The Scottish textile industry is thriving, according to a leading Borders design consultant.


    Hamish Carruthers, an experienced designer who runs a consultancy in Roxburghshire, said more designers were looking for home-grown products.

    @BBCGeoffWebster 14:08: Mania on Cheltenham Geoff Webster BBC Scotland

    tweets: Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania @mania450 with his thoughts on #CheltenhamFestival on Sport Nation @BBCRadioScot Sat 11am

    14:01: Defibrillator decision

    Councillors have agreed to fund 11 life-saving defibrillators for communities across Dumfriesshire.


    There had been concerns they would refuse the funding applications after an expert's report found that the heart-starting devices had little impact in areas of sparse population.

    Campaigners claimed that "people power" persuaded members of Nithsdale Area Committee to approve the funding.

    Many of the devices will be placed in remote and rural areas.

    13:47: Syme bows out Colin Colthart BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries

    Former Dumfries and County player Connor Syme has bowed out of the South African Amateur Championship in the quarter finals.

    He was beaten 4&3 by fellow Scot Calum Fyfe (Cawder Golf Club) .

    13:34: Best memories Berwickshire News

    Sunday's Scottish Cup tie between Hibs and Berwick Rangers will be played exactly 35 years after the teams last met in the competition - at exactly the same stage.

    On that occasion - March 8, 1980 - more than 7,000 fans crammed into Shielfield to watch Berwick take on a Hibs team featuring George Best in the quarter-final.

    @Lyle_and_Scott 13:19: Stunning scene

    @Lyle_and_Scott tweets: Stunning scenes of the Scottish Borders. Aren't we lucky to call this place 'home'?

    Borders scenery
    13:05: Routes reopen

    Scottish Borders Council reports resurfacing works in Galashiels have been completed ahead of schedule.

    It means the High Street and Bank Street are now both open to traffic.

    12:51: Assault admissions fall

    Health bosses have welcomed a significant drop in emergency hospital admissions which are linked to acts of violence.

    Dumfries Infirmary

    The latest figures for Dumfries and Galloway show that the number of patients treated because of assault is at a seven-year low.

    It coincides with a drop of almost 12% in violent crime in the region.

    12:37: Rather cloudy BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A largely dry but rather cloudy look to the afternoon. There will be some brightness, perhaps even a little sunshine for the Solway coast and eastern Borders.

    There is just the chance of a little patchy rain over the Southern Uplands.

    Windy today with quite a brisk southwesterly. Temperatures will reach around 11 celsius, so feeling noticeably mild.

    12:24: Tune in

    Get the latest radio bulletins from our Selkirk and Dumfries studios at 12:30 today.

    Then more coming up at 16:30 and 17:30 with all the latest from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

    12:14: Carlisle bound

    A very strong contingent of Borders and Dumfries and Galloway trainers heading to Carlisle races today.

    Carlisle racecourse

    Stuart Coltherd, Alistair Whillans, Alison Hamilton, Donald Whillans, Iain Jardine, Katie Scott and James Ewart all have runners.

    Borders jockeys Craig Nichol and Wilson Renwick are also in action.

    @scotborders 12:02: Flood consultation Scottish Borders Council

    tweets: Consultation is now open on proposals to protect communities at greatest risk of flooding http://ow.ly/3xrozo

    11:50: Selkirk success

    Today's Southern Reporter celebrates the outstanding achievements of Selkirk RFC on its back page.

    Southern Reporter
    11:39: Village fears Peeblesshire News

    Speeding motorists are being blamed for leaving residents in a Peeblesshire village in fear of their lives.

    Drivers on the daily commute to Edinburgh blatantly flout speed limits through Eddleston with little threat of being brought to book, it is claimed.

    11:29: Manager to quit

    The back page of the Galloway News today carries a story about Dalbeattie Star manager Paul McGinley's decision to quit at the end of the season.

    Galloway News
    11:21: Carnsalloch fire fight details

    Firefighters have revealed details of their efforts to tackle a blaze at a derelict mansion in Dumfries.

    They spent 10 hours at the scene of the fire at Carnsalloch House after the alarm was raised at 23:05 on Tuesday.

    @ali24867 11:02: Get involved - best south of Scotland book

    It's World Book Day - what's your favourite book set in Dumfries and Galloway or the Borders or written by an author from the area?

    Tweet us @BBCSouthScot or email dumfries@bbc.co.uk or selkirk.news@bbc.co.uk.

    @ali24867 tweets: The Wigtown Ploughman, a great insight into a different time

    @Grimbo203 tweets: Oh it has to be No Stranger To Death By @JanetOkane

    10:51: Care home dispute

    Today's Galloway News leads on an email spat over a care home in the Stewartry.

    Galloway News
    10:42: Stow safety tab nears £100,000 Border Telegraph

    It will cost Scottish Borders Council nearly £100,000 to address concerns - generated by the return of the Borders Railway - for the safety of children at Stow Primary.

    The measures will include the installation of CCTV at the school and improved perimeter fencing.

    10:34: Council pressure

    Scotland's councils will face financial pressures "of a scale not previously experienced" in the coming years, the public spending watchdog has said.

    Traffic sign, child writing, road being dug up, and bins waiting to be emptied.

    The Accounts Commission said councils had coped well so far with cuts to their funding.

    @trafficscotland 10:23: Convoy system Traffic Scotland Latest

    tweets: #A68 Lintalee (South of Jedburgh) will have convoy in place btwn 8am-5pm Mon-Fri until April 10th. For info: http://bit.ly/1wJfE6P

    10:15: Lottery warning

    The Southern Reporter is out today and it leads on the latest in the Earlston play park row.

    Southern Reporter
    @SFRS_DnG_safe 10:00: Carnsalloch fire latest

    @SFRS_DnG_safe tweets: More Information on the fire at Carnsalloch House in Dumfries

    Carnsalloch fire
    Carnsalloch fire
    09:48: Seats under pressure James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    A new poll by a Tory peer Lord Ashcroft in eight Scottish constituencies suggest six could go to the SNP.

    The only Conservative seat in Scotland - Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale - which is held by the Scotland Office minister David Mundell, is said to be too close to call with the SNP and the Tories both on 34%.

    The Labour seat of Dumfries and Galloway, held by Russell Brown, is also apparently at risk.

    09:35: Festival line-up unveiled

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be among the headliners at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

    Scottish Ensemble

    A total of 82 acts will perform at 42 venues across the south-west over 10 days at the end of May.

    09:24: Theatre's final push Nichola Rutherford BBC Scotland

    A final fund-raising push is under way in the renovation of the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.

    Theatre Royal

    A wide range of items are needed to complete the ambitious overhaul.

    09:15: Travel latest

    No problems to report at the moment with Irish Sea ferry services or local rail travel.

    On the roads, on the A75 traffic controls are in use at the Rowan Glen Dairy at Creetown and at the Newton Stewart roundabout.

    Stop-Go boards will also be in use in various locations for studding works along the route.

    You'll encounter temporary lights on the A76 Enterkinfoot and just north of Kirkconnel.

    Traffic controls will also be in place today on the A7 just north of Langholm and on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.

    Also in Dumfries, a combination of temporary lights on the Moffat Road and at St Mary's Street will add to peak times delays.

    09:05: Mostly dry BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Most places dry, some brightness along the Solway coast and in the eastern Borders.

    There is the chance of a little patchy rain over the Southern Uplands.

    Windy today with quite a brisk southwesterly. Temperatures will reach around 11 celsius, so feeling noticeably mild.

    09:00: Giancarlo Rinaldi South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Grey skies in our part of southern Scotland at the moment but on with the news.

    Stick with us for the rest of the day with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.




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